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Rocky Mountaineer - Journey Through the Clouds Explorer Westbound

8 days Rail Tours

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When you want to see all the best bits of a vast region, but don’t have long to pack them in, travelling with an insider who knows the best places, routes, and local stories is the way to go, and that’s what you get on board the Rocky Mountaineer, with captivating stories and historical trivia from your hosts. Travel on board the Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper to Kamloops and then onto Vancouver and marvel at the dramatic, changing scenery as you follow the banks of the North Thompson River through the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains. Of course, free spirits still want time to wander, so the smart set find just the right balance. Places like Vancouver are easy to explore solo, while the silent splendour of Jasper and Lake Louise is perfect for a bit of alone-time. But some spots are better seen with local guides. Spots like Yoho National Park, where they know prime viewpoints for the Spiral Tunnels, natural rock bridge over Kicking Horse River, and Emerald Lake. Or Columbia Icefield, where they reveal the glacier’s geology and history as you drive onto it in an Ice Explorer. Even your free time in Jasper is perfectly partnered with a tour of the UNESCO listed national park’s peaks and top wildlife haunts. And they know the best ways to travel, from the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer, with its famously languid pace and grand scenery, to helicopters for action packed flights over the Rockies

Itinerary

Day 1: Calgary Arrival

Arrive in Calgary and spend time exploring the "heart of the New West" on your own. Overnight in Calgary.

Day 2: Calgary – Lake Louise with Panoramic Helicopter Tour

Depart Calgary this morning for a full-day tour concluding in Lake Louise. Journey to Kananaskis where you will enjoy a 12-minute Panoramic Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Continue on to Banff for a sightseeing tour including Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Banff Gondola included. Arrive in Lake Louise late in the afternoon. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 3: Lake Louise – Banff

This morning you are free to explore beautiful Lake Louise on your own. After lunch, a half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to Banff. Overnight in Banff

Please note: While departure from The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 2:00pm, scheduled check-out time is 12:00pm. Your luggage will be stored upon checkout and you are free to enjo the amenities of the hotel before your tour departs.

Day 4: Banff – Jasper

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper National Parks via Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Falls. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Artic Circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. Here you ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Time will be available for lunch (not included). Arrive in Jasper late afternoon. Overnight in Jasper. (L)

Day 5: Jasper Highlights Tour

Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies' largest national park. Enjoy a scenic half-day tour of some of the park's natural attractions and rugged peaks, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the wildlife that calls this region home. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore on your own. Overnight in Jasper. (L)

Day 6: Jasper – Kamloops

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper in the Canadian Rockies to Kamloops, in the heart of the British Columbia interior. As you journey west and south you will be surrounded by the dramatic scenery of the Continental Divide and by the river valleys of the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains. Today's highlights include Mount Robson, Pyramid Falls, the climb over Yellowhead Pass, and the journey along the North Thompson River as you approach Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops. (B/L)

Please note: While arrival at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 1:00pm, scheduled check-in time is not until 4:00pm. In the event that your room is not ready, your luggage will be stored and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel.

Day 7: Kamloops – Vancouver

Your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. You will again see the dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the Interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the coast and Cascade Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver in the evening. Overnight in Vancouver. (B/L)

Day 8: Vancouver Departure

Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Vancouver hotel.

 

Please note: This tour also operates Eastbound - Vancouver to Calgary.


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Visa requirements

Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA)

Visitors travelling to or transiting through Canada by air are now expected to get an electronic travel authorisation (eTA) to enter Canada. If you’re arriving into Canada by air from either the UK or another destination e.g. the USA, you’ll need an eTA. This costs CA$7 and lasts for 5 years or until your passport expires, whichever is first. If you’re travelling by land or sea, you won’t need an eTA when you enter Canada. However, you must travel with acceptable travel documents and identification, i.e. your passport.

For more information on eTA system, and to apply online, visit the official Canadian government website.